Contax 137 MA Quartz Part 3: Photo Update

My first post about the Contax 137 MA Quartz was a leap of faith.

Faith in the Contax name. This is my fourth (35mm) Contax and each has been rock solid.

Faith in bargain grade. Have purchased many an item bargain grade from KEH and each has been rock solid.

My second post was about the new covering I put on it. Very happy with that.

Ah. Lenses. Purchased the excellent normal Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm <inhales> f/1.7 with the camera.

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My love/kind of unfortunate (Never hate) relationship with Fuji Provia 100F slide film

Not that long ago I tried slide film for the first time. Specifically Fujifilm Provia 100F in 35mm strength. And wow. Everything I heard and saw was true. Beautiful colors and amazing detail.

Wilson then showed me a roll he shot on his Pentax 645. To which I internally responded, “Yes, more of that, please. And thank you.” So a roll of 120 film it is. What to use? First up slide film has only a few downsides:

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First Rolls: Fuji Provia 100F (Slide film newbie)

Always hesitated to try slide film. Why?

1. Heard you had to get the exposure just right since it was unforgiving.

Who needs that? I do evidently. After securing some cameras that nail auto exposure (Contax T2 in this case) …allowing me to sidestep exposure responsibility concerns I decided to give it a shot. After turning in the roll I found a second downside.

2. Not processed locally so unlike color film or XP2 (1 day turnaround usually) or traditional black and white (1-2 weeks depending on timing) it took weeks to get this film back. Continue reading “First Rolls: Fuji Provia 100F (Slide film newbie)”

First Rolls: Ilford Delta 3200

As stated in a recent post I wrote for I like trying different types of film. Will now start listing new films I try under first rolls. Not much to say here so I will get the one potential negative out of the way first.

Kind of grainy. I say potential negative because you may like grain. Some folks seem to think grain is at the heart of the reason to shoot film. Others prefer blisteringly sharp tiny grain films like I find Fuji Acros 100 to be.

But this bit of grain is a small price to pay to get away with taking shots like this inside. handheld at night with only available light. Continue reading “First Rolls: Ilford Delta 3200”

First Rolls: Kodak Color Plus 200 Quick Overview

Not really a review. Some rambling then samples.

I am a friend of cheap affordable film. Will usually find me in possession of some manner of drug store or megalomart grade multi pack film. This film costs about the same, but when you factor in that Color Plus is 36 exposures per roll, rather than the typical bargain grade 24, that makes it even more of a deal. Continue reading “First Rolls: Kodak Color Plus 200 Quick Overview”